Friday, March 23, 2012

storm chaser

1 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 Whole Egg
2 dash Bitter Science Fruitcake Bitters (*)

Shake once without ice and once with ice. Double strain into a rocks class.
(*) Contains dried fruits such as figs, cranberries, cherries, and apricots, and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and mace infused in Bourbon.

On the way home after tasting the new gin formulations at GrandTen Distilling in South Boston two Tuesdays ago, I made a pit stop on the Red Line at Park Street Station. After a short delay, I was able to find a seat at the No. 9 Park bar where bartenders Tyler Wang and Brendan Mercure were presiding. For a first drink, I asked Tyler for the Storm Chaser off of the new menu.
The Flip offered up Smith & Cross' funky rum aroma with hints of the Carpano Antica's grape. The smooth sip lived up to Brandon's description of "carmelized fruit" as the rum and amaro elements paired up with the vermouth. The egg did tame the swallow especially with the rum's aggressiveness and Cynar's bitter herbal elements. With successive swallows, the spice notes from the bitters began to build on the finish. Moreover, the earthy aspects of the egg and Cynar paired up rather well in the Storm Chaser.

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